The Death Of King Arthur

Paperback | April 30, 1972

byJames AnonymousTranslated byJames Cable

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Recounting the final days of Arthur, this thirteenth-century French version of the Camelot legend, written by an unknown author, is set in a world of fading chivalric glory. It depicts the Round Table diminished in strength after the Quest for the Holy Grail, and with its integrity threatened by the weakness of Arthur's own knights. Whispers of Queen Guinevere's infidelity with his beloved comrade-at-arms Sir Lancelot profoundly distress the trusting King, leaving him no match for the machinations of the treacherous Sir Mordred. The human tragedy of The Death of King Arthur so impressed Malory that he built his own Arthurian legend on this view of the court - a view that profoundly influenced the English conception of the 'great' King. 

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Translator James Cable makes one of the most exceptional medieval French Arthurian romances accessible to English-speaking readers. In the twilight of the Arthurian world, the Round Table is sadly diminished in numbers and in spirit after the Quest of the Holy Grail. The Death of King Arthur covers Lancelot’s persisting adultery wi...

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Recounting the final days of Arthur, this thirteenth-century French version of the Camelot legend, written by an unknown author, is set in a world of fading chivalric glory. It depicts the Round Table diminished in strength after the Quest for the Holy Grail, and with its integrity threatened by the weakness of Arthur's own knights. Wh...

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‘Lancelot has brought me such great shame as to dishonour me through my wife, I shall never rest till they are caught together’Recounting the final days of Arthur, this thirteenth-century French version of the Camelot legend, written by an unknown author, is set in a world of fading chivalric glory. It depicts the Round Table diminishe...

The author of The Death of King Arthur is unknown, though it is generally thought he was a Frenchman, probably from Champagne writing around 1230-35. James Cable was educated at Exeter and Nancy Universities and holds a Ph.D. in Old French. He was subsequently a lecturer in French at London University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:April 30, 1972Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140442553

ISBN - 13:9780140442557

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Translator James Cable makes one of the most exceptional medieval French Arthurian romances accessible to English-speaking readers. In the twilight of the Arthurian world, the Round Table is sadly diminished in numbers and in spirit after the Quest of the Holy Grail. The Death of King Arthur covers Lancelot’s persisting adultery with Guinevere, treacherous Mordred’s arrival, the last battle at Salisbury, Arthur and Lancelot’s deaths and the Kingdom of Logres’ destruction. Melancholic, simple and elegant, the text avoids the absurd fantasy that characterizes other period French romances. This enduring legend continues to move today’s readers.